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rich enough, powerful enough and free enough,
their thoughts have turned to architecture and
gardening. Here would be a new incentive to
travel, to see what other towns and country-
sides were doing. The common man on his
holidays would do what the English milord of the
seventeenth century did ; he would make his
Grand Tour and come back from his journeys
with architectural drawings and notions for home
application. And this building and rebuilding
would be a continuing process, a sustained
employment, going on from good to better, as the
economic forces shifted and changed with new
discoveries and men's ideas expanded.
It is doubtful in a world of rising needs and
standards if many people would want to live in
manifestly old houses, any more than they would
want to live in old clothes. Except in a few
country places where ancient buildings have
wedded themselves happily to some local loveli-
ness and become quasi-natural things, or where
some great city has shown a brave facade to the
world, I doubt if there will be much to preserve.
In such large open countries as the United States
there has been a considerable development of the
mobile home in recent years. People haul a
trailer-home behind their cars and become
seasonal nomads. . . . But there is no need to